IRL: Indy 500 open test delayed due to cold, possible snow

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, April 7, 2000 - The Indianapolis 500 Open Test and Rookie Orientation Program will not start until April 9 due to cold temperatures and scattered snow showers forecast for the Indianapolis area April 8, Indy Racing ...

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, April 7, 2000 - The Indianapolis 500 Open Test and Rookie Orientation Program will not start until April 9 due to cold temperatures and scattered snow showers forecast for the Indianapolis area April 8, Indy Racing League officials announced. Temperatures are scheduled to reach a high in the low 40’s Saturday, with lows in the high 20’s. The first day of the Open Test on April 7, reserved for the Rookie Orientation Program, was canceled by rain.

Rookies now will test from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. April 9-11, with veterans testing from 1:30-5:30 p.m. those days. <pre> The revised schedule: SATURDAY, April 8 ·No track activity SUNDAY, April 9 ·9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Rookie Orientation Program ·1:30-5:30 p.m.: Veteran Open Practice MONDAY, April 10 ·9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Rookie Orientation Program ·1:30-5:30 p.m.: Veteran Open Practice TUESDAY, April 11 ·9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Rookie Orientation Program ·1:30-5:30 p.m.: Veteran Open Practice

Twelve rookies are scheduled to participate in ROP, a four-phase test. Rookies who pass ROP are eligible to participate in practice and qualifying for the Indianapolis 500. Twenty-four veterans are scheduled to participate in veteran testing. The 84th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 28. Opening Day is May 13, with Pole Day May 20 and Bubble Day May 21.

-IRNLS/IMS-

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